Who can come to the Table?

This Sunday morning (8/31) I made two significant statements regarding our honoring the Lord’s Table at Riverside.  The first was in reference to our plan to celebrate the Supper among our Small Groups in homes, following the practice of the early church.  Stay tuned for...
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Grammar and Theology (Nerd Alert!)

Sometimes the line between presenting details of the biblical languages in our preaching in order to better display the gospel and glory of Christ, on the one hand, and simply to display the knowledge of the preacher, on the other, is hard to see.   But in the case of John 1:1c,...
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Eye of the Eagle: The Gospel of John

It became traditional in the ancient church to associate the four gospels with the four “living creatures” around the throne of God described in the book of Ezekiel and the Book of Revelation.  The church father, Irenaeus, gives us our earliest account of this...
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Sabbath Today?

As we’ll read about Sunday, Nehemiah returns from his hiatus in Susa from governorship of Judea only to find that the very stipulations the people had expressly committed to observing in the covenant renewal only a few years previous had been flagrantly and repeatedly...
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Infallible, Inerrant, and Inspired?

“The Bible has been copied and re-copied so many times that nobody can know what it originally said.”  “Obviously their are corruptions all over the place.  To believe this is the ‘inerrant word of God’ is just plain stupid!”  “The Bible...
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The Dreaded Genealogy

If you’ve ever read through the Bible in a year, or some other reading plan, you’ve come across the dreaded genealogy list. Ugh. Didn’t Paul warn Timothy about “endless genealogies”? Why are these tedious details in the Bible? Do we really need to...
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Elder Commissioning

In the New Testament, we see that leaders within the church are often “set apart” to fulfill their particular ministry. This is true of both leaders who are “sent out” from the church on its behalf (e.g., Acts 13:3), and those leaders who are called to minister in an official...
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Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Dad – Part II

Continued from Part I Learning from the Mistakes of the Fathers Moses and Leading at Home First If you think the tale of Noah and his sons in Genesis 9:20-23 is strange, the story of Moses and Zipporah in Exodus 4:24-26 is even weirder.  No one knows exactly what was going on in...
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Ancient Wisdom For the Modern Dad – Part I

Learning from the Mistakes of the Fathers Are you an absent father? Entangled in chronic connectivity, frenetic busyness and endless distraction, we men are all too frequently “not there,” even while sitting around the dinner table with those we love the most. So often we are...
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Nehemiah: Rebuilding the Ruins

In 587/6 BC, the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem for the third and final time, leaving the temple, the city and its population decimated.  This was to fulfill the prophets’ dreadful woes of a coming destruction and exile – the final curse of the Law against an...
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